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10 Famous Musicians Who Are Jerks In Real Life

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10 Famous Musicians Who Are Jerks In Real Life

If you are someone famous, you may eventually get used to the extra amount of attention that your life attracts. One thing remains true though, if you’re out in public, you’re probably going to have some eyes or cameras on you.

You’re having a bad day? Well you better hope you can keep it to yourself, because the last thing you want is the general public ripping apart your image.

This sounds incredibly unfair, but those millions of dollars you earn come with a price you pay. Part of that price is the reality that when you act like an asshole in public, people are going to think you’re a jerk. People are then also not going to be shy about going online and making sure the world knows just how big of a jerk you are.

Let it happen multiple times and you’ll probably find yourself on this list.

It is one thing to be a jerk in your everyday life, but it can be even more unbearable if it is a musician that is being a dick. Not only do you need to listen to their opinion (which is not why they got famous) but you often have to hear them whine about whatever is bothering them through their music (here’s looking at you, Kanye).

Many people seem to let the fame and money get to them, and that can also lead to some incredibly poor decision making. If you only have $5 to your name, how much trouble are you REALLY going to get up to? Make that number $5,000,000 and you start to see some truly idiotic decision making.

There is no doubt that these are incredibly talented musicians, but there is also no doubt that they are also massive jerks. Many of the musicians on this list earned their spot due to some run-in with the law, and #1 on the list is unable to read this article because he’s in a jail cell.

Know of a famous singer that this list omitted? Feel free to drop me a line at and perhaps they’ll be in a future inclusion.

10. Justin Bieber

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Bieber may be lighting up the charts with his latest releases, but the dude makes an ass of himself on the regular and there are numerous examples of this. Number one: He openly videotaped himself pissing in a bucket in a restaurant. How about some legal issues? He had a reckless driving charge in 2012, and he vandalized an area in Brazil in 2013.

He’s allegedly thrown eggs, causing thousands of dollars of damage at a neighbor’s house. He’s even had a DUI. In 2014 he was also arrested and charged with assault and dangerous driving after he got into a physical altercation with a driver after an accident.

In 2015, Bieber reflected “I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited, or basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half … although what’s happened in the past has happened, I just want to … be kind and loving and gentle and soft.”

Let’s hope 2016 will be a smoother year for the Biebs!

9. Ariana Grande

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Of everyone on the list, what Grande did was probably the most tame by comparison, but it was such a dick move I need to include her on the list. When Grande was at Wolfee Donuts in California, she decided it would be smart to lick the unattended donuts while also stating how she hates America. While Grande came out and was very apologetic, it makes you wonder what on earth could have been going through her mind. It’s not like there are cameras EVERYWHERE. Nothing says jerk move like screwing with innocent people’s donuts. Maybe it is my extreme love of donuts that lands her on my list, but it still grinds my gears.

8. Kanye West

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Kanye West is definitely a unique individual. There is no doubting his talent, but there is also no doubting that the guy is an egotistical dick. The biggest example is when he interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMA’s, but one look at his Twitter feed and you’ll see the numerous beefs that he seems to involve himself in. Given that he is married to Kim Kardashian, the world sees his face enough without him having to be a huge dick about it. Not to mention he’s a self-proclaimed non book-reader, because that’s something to be proud of, right? Knowing him and his ego, he’ll probably just be upset that he isn’t #1 on this list!

7. DMX

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X may be what’s gonna give it to you, but that still doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to drive around while drunk or on drugs. DMX was driving his car around Kennedy airport when he crashed his car through a gate. When police investigated the crash, they found crack cocaine in the car. On top of this, when DMX first arrived to the airport he decided it would be a good idea to lie and say he’s a government agent. Imagine someone’s face, especially if they were a huge fan of his music, and here he was trying to convince you that he worked for the government.

6. Chris Brown

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Chris Brown could be the most talented musician in the world (which he isn’t) and it still wouldn’t make up for what he did to Rihanna. For those unaware, the two had a relationship that ended after Chris Brown punched and hit Rihanna repeatedly. Rihanna stated in an interview with 20/20 that “She said she was also choked, but not to the point of near unconsciousness, although she said she did have trouble breathing.”

“All I kept thinking was, ’When is it going to stop?’…”

She admitted Brown threatened to kill her, as well, but stated that he “was saying it to scare me.”

This is not the last dick move by Chris Brown. In 2011 after being asked about the Rihanna situation “Brown allegedly became violent in his dressing room during a commercial break before his second performance ending that day’s program, and threw an object at a window overlooking Times Square, causing damage to the window. Brown then took off his shirt and after several angry confrontations with the segment producer, other show staff and building security, left the building shirtless”….smooth move, Chris.

5. Dr. Dre

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In 1990, Ice Cube did an interview with Dee Barnes talking about him leaving the N.W.A. The interview was published, but upset members of the N.W.A who felt they were being portrayed in a negative light. When Dr. Dre ran into Barnes at a record release party, he went after her.

“He picked her up by her hair and ‘began slamming her head and the right side of her body repeatedly against a brick wall near the stairway’ as his bodyguard held off the crowd with a gun.” When Barnes escaped from him and ran to the washroom, Dre followed her and continued the assault.

Dre was charged with assault, and stated “People talk all this shit, but you know, somebody f*ck with me, I’m gonna f*ck with them. I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing—I just threw her through a door.”

Personally, I don’t feel doing an interview is reason enough to have Dr. Dre kick your ass, but that’s just me.

4. Ceelo Green 

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CeeLo may love singing “F*ck You” but that was also my attitude towards him when I learned more about his sexual assault charge back in 2012. CeeLo was out on a date and slipped his date Ecstasy. The woman woke up the following day with no memory of the night whatsoever, and CeeLo claiming that they had consensual sex.

As if this wasn’t a bad enough start, CeeLo then went to Twitter to really ramp up his jerk meter, stating “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously, so WITH Implies consent,” he wrote in a first tweet. “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”

There is so much wrong with that, that it should not be a shock that CeeLo deleted his Twitter account after hearing some feedback.

3. Rick James



It might be fun to yell out “I’m Rick James, Bitch!” but that doesn’t make what Rick James did any funnier. In the 1990s, James had a rampant addiction to cocaine and admitted to spending roughly $7,000 a week for 5 years straight. In 1993, while him and his wife were “accused of holding 24-year-old Frances Alley hostage for up to six days although accounts vary on how long she was actually held, tying her up, forcing her to perform sexual acts, and burning her legs and abdomen with the hot end of a crack cocaine pipe, during a week-long cocaine binge.”

When James was then out on bail from the incident, he “assaulted music executive Mary Sauger at the St. James Club and Hotel in West Hollywood. Sauger claims she met James and Hijazi for a business meeting, but said the two then kidnapped and beat her over a 20-hour period.” I suppose cocaine really is one hell of a drugs

2. Tim Labesis



For those who might not instantly recognize Tim Labesis‘ name, let me inform you a bit about him. He’s the founding member of the metalcore band As I Lay Dying. He also formed another death metal band, Pyrithion. Sounds like a pretty cool guy right? He also hired a hitman to kill his wife…oops.

You may be relieved to at least know that he was stupid enough to hire a hitman that was also an undercover police officer. (What, did he search for a hitman on Craigslist or something?!). He was going to pay $20,000 for the murder. This led to Labesis receiving a six-year sentence, and cancelled the band’s tour with Killswitch Engage. I guess it’s a little hard to rock out when you’re in jail.

1. Ian Watkins 



There are people that are just jerks in real life, and then there is Ian Watkins. Watkins was the founder and lead vocalist of the rock group, Lostprophets. The band fell apart in 2013 when Watkins was charged with sexual assault on a minor. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to the 13 charges that were laid against him. Watkins was also charged with possession, and/or distribution of child pornography. He was also found with “extreme animal pornography” on his computer.

Watkins victims include a one year old boy, and there was allegedly a text where he texted the mother stating “if you belong to me, so does your baby.” The only good thing to come out of this entire situation is the fact that Watkins was given a 29-year sentence, with chances at parole after two-thirds have been served.

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